❤ Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Love Magick

Due to some health issues, this challenge was delayed by a day. Apologies for the late post- the challenge is now up and running!

Warm greetings to all!

Thank you once again to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Catch-Up! :clock3:

The challenge clock has restarted once again and it’s time to open our arms to a brand new challenge theme.

This week’s challenge celebrates the Month of Love and the holidays this week and is…

Love Magick Spells Romance Witchy Challenge

:heart: :rose: Love Magick :love_letter: :people_hugging:

Love is a foundational human emotion that has been the subject of fascination throughout history. In magick, many spells have some aspect of love included- as love is one of the most commonly requested focuses for magick!

Despite (or perhaps because of) its popularity, love spells are a hot topic in the magickal world. Many love spells walk a fine ethical line and often take a central role in debates about magickal ethics. Before casting a love spell, be sure to study the spell and always ask yourself if the magick involved breaks any boundaries or morals that you hold yourself to.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to pursue this essential aspect of our lives and fascinating area of magick in wholesome and ethical ways! Love spells don’t have to be about bending someone else’s will to your own, love spells can just as easily involve things such as:

self-love, improving relationships, finding a soulmate, connecting with others, glamour magick, working with deities of love, and so much more!

This week is all about exploring the magick of love- but as always, how you do so is up to you! :heart:

So are you ready? Because it’s…

CHALLENGE TIME!

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STEP 1 : Exploring Love Magick :heartpulse:

Love Magick is as a vast and curious as the emotion of love itself- feel free to pursue the magick of love however you’d like! To help you get started, here are just a few suggestions of things you might do for the challenge:

:sparkles: Love Spells

Looking for love? Witches have long been implored for spells relating to love. Feel free to dive into the world of love spells for the challenge this week- just remember to always check your ethics before casting any spells that may break your personal magickal code of morals!

Real Love Spell Collection
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:rose: Roses

Long associated with love and romance, roses are often a key ingredient in love and glamour magick. Feel free to learn about roses, give them as an offering, or include them in spellwork this week!

Rose Magickal Properties
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Rose and Lavender Desire Sachet
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Rose Bath for New Love
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:blossom: Herbal Love Magick

While roses may be the first thing to come to mind, there are many flowers and plants that involve love!

From yarrow to forget-me-nots, violets to peonies- there are many flowers that symbolize love, relationships, friendships, and bonds. Feel free to explore and learn about flowers and herbs or use love-related plants in your spellwork this week.

Magickal Properties of Yarrow
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Magickal Properties of Catnip
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:heart: Celebrate Valentine’s Day and/or Lupercalia

Valentine’s Day can be traced back to pagan roots- have you ever heard of the Festival Lupercalia? Dig into magickal history and explore the ancient Roman festival that some say purified the city and others say was a bloodbath of primal lust.

Learn more about Lupercalia

Spell Jar for Valentine’s Day
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:wedding: Work with a Deity of Love

There are many deities to call upon when it comes to troubles or blessings of the heart. Consider learning about, making offerings, or working with a deity of love this week.

Aphrodite Devotional to Bring Back Love
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Goddess of Love Incense
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Venus/Aphrodite Love Bath
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Venus Devotional for Love
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:underage: Sex Magick

Delve into passion, lust, and high emotions with Sex Magick. You might learn more about it, or work

While we welcome entries exploring Sex Magick, please remember that this part of the forum is public and accessible to minors. Please post any Sex Magick entries in A Sacred Space and label with a sensitivity warning. Thank you!

Spells8 Lesson on Sex Magick
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:chocolate_bar: Chocolate Magick

Did you know that different types of chocolate carry various meanings in magick? Learn more about the magick of chocolate and give chocolate spells a try this week!

The Magick of Chocolate

Chocolate Love Charm

Chocolate Love Blessing Ritual (note: you must be logged into an active Spells8 account to view this ritual)

:hugs: Self-Love Spells

While it’s nice to give love to others, don’t forget the most important person in your life: yourself! Explore the magick of love this week with some self-love and self-care work.

Self-Love and Self-Care Spells

Self-Love Break Spell
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Self-Love Renewal Spell
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:headstone: Honoring Lost Loves

Love is a powerful force that can cover many emotions- not all of them happy or positive. For the challenge this week, you may take some time to reflect on past loves through journalling, spellwork, or reflective meditation.

Farewell Letter: Spell for a Lost Loved One
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:handshake: Friendship and Other Relationships

Love is so much more than just romantic love- take some time to celebrate other kinds of love in your life! Share your love for your friends, coworkers, and other special people.

Friendship Spell Collection
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:heart_hands: …And More!

Love is a vast area of life and magick- feel free to pursue this week’s theme in a way that works best for you and your unique magickal practice!


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STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Click here for notes about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience

To participate in the challenge, please share:

  1. How you explored love magick in your practice this week

For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new thread in the forums.

Note : If you choose to create a new thread, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post so that I can easily find it- thank you! :bowing_woman:


:exclamation: This challenge will close in 5 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, February 15th at 7:00 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time)
( 2022-02-15T12:00:00Z )

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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Picture from The Gypsy Thread: Lupercalia: The Deliciously Lustful Origin of Valentines’ Day

A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team .

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:


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May your magick help to strengthen the bonds you hold dear and may you always have a life blessed with much love!

Love and Light! :heart::sparkles:

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Hope you’re doing okay now, @TheTravelWitch_Bry!

Lately, I’ve been looking into Tasseography and I’ve decided to see what 2022 has in store for me in the love department using hibiscus tea leaves ! :hibiscus:

I’m also thinking of making the love sachet.

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[Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Love Magick]
On August 11, 1974, I married the love of my life. From the Wedding, I saved 3 roses, one for my mother, one for his mother and one for me. Year after year, decade after decade, I’ve kept every rose he’s given me.
I put them in a glass, sealable, pumpkin style container and have added to them when they wilted.
He dropped and broke the jar a few years ago and felt terrible. I soothed him and got out a plastic canister with screw top. Moving the roses to their new home, he felt absolved of his supposed “crime”.!

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I’ve started calling it our “Love Jar”, for with love he gave me beautiful fragrant roses of all colors and with love I accepted them.
If this evidence of our love isn’t Love Magick, it definitely is the Magick of love.

You’re my best friend, the best man & the best time I’ve ever had!istockphoto-1173404769-170667a
Our love still stands strong.
Garnet :revolving_hearts:

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I think I’m going to make an infusion with peppermint, cinnamon, and dark moon water to use in making the ice for hot/ice water treatments for my hands after work and sound .01 hz meditation music to relax and wind down.

Earth to ground to spirit
Water to cleanse my vessel
Fire to heat my soul
Air to free my mind

This is my prayer.

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Torista, that is just lovely. Your Muse has blessed you. Garnet

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@TheTravelWitch_Bry , I hope you feel better soon! Sending healing light your way.

As for this challenge, all I can say is …Fun!!! Its been a bit since I participated in a challenge. I am looking forward to this! My head is spinning with all of the ideas I can do. :upside_down_face: :gift_heart:

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I hope that you’re alright @TheTravelWitch_Bry. Thank you for taking the time to post another challange but please take care of you first!

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Well, today I bought myself a dozen red roses :rose: that I immediately pulled the petals and leaves off and dried them via my air fryer.

They will be used to make rose oil and rose water. Also my yarrow plant started sprouting today.
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@Garnet Wow :heart_eyes: that is beautiful. March will mark 10 years of marriage to my husband and your love for and relationship with your husband is definitely an example of love I’d want to lead with my own. Such an inspiration :orange_heart::sunflower::orange_heart:

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The heart shape is recognized worldwide as the symbol of love and affection and its first association with love dates from ancient times and became more popular in the middle ages and now represents unconditional love, empathy, romance, and compassion. Spiritual guides, healers, psychics consider that the Heart chakra is the center of our emotions and represents the spiritual, emotional core of our beings. In many traditions is often referred to as the “seat of the soul”. …

…Crystal Hearts can help to attract love or a new relationship. They help heal the heart and emotional wounds. Hearts bring loving energies and help balance relationships…

:heartpulse: Crystals for Love

  • Rose Quartz, Garnet, Watermelon Tourmaline, Pink Calcite, Rhodonite

:two_hearts: Crystals for Self Love

  • Pink Opal, Rose Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Pink Tourmaline, Malachite

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Wow. You people are really knocking this challenge out of the park!

As for me, I did the Self-Love Break meditation this morning, using a pink candle and some rose incense. It was a lovely reminder to be kinder to myself and stop the negative thinking about myself. I’ve been working on that for a while now and this meditation really helped. :heart:

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@Kasandra Thank you, Kasandra! :heart: I’m resting up and am hopefully on the mend now :blush: Ohhhh Tasseography is such a fun area to explore, I’m so excited for you! :heart_eyes: :tea: And the touch of using Hibiscus leaves is a great addition. Good luck and have fun!

@Garnet Your Love Jar is beautiful- what a great way to preserve those precious memories :two_hearts: May your love continue to shine brightly and beautiful, Garnet- thank you so much for sharing! :grinning:

@Torista That sounds like a lovely mix, Torista- I hope it helps soothe your hands after work! :pray: That is a gorgeous prayer, I really love it. Thanks so much for sharing! :heart:

@Athena Thank you so much, Athena- the healing light is greatly appreciated! :blush: I’m glad you like the theme and that you’ve got some ideas flowing- whatever you choose to do, have fun with it! :star2:

@Jessica72 Thank you, Jessica- that’s really sweet of you! :two_hearts: I’m getting lots of rest and am hopefully on the mend now :grinning: :+1: Putting together the challenges and reading everyone’s entries gives me such a boost of happiness and inspiration- I’m considering it as part of my healing process! :blush:

@Flowing You’re putting that air fryer to great use, Flowing! :raised_hands: Ohhhh rose oil and rose water sound lovely- blessed crafting! :sparkles: And congrats on the yarrow, that’s a lovely herb to have on hand! :herb:

@Missa Thank you for sharing the love crystals, Missa! :gem::pray:

@Amethyst It sounds like a lovely meditation, Amethyst- congrats to you on your road into self-care work! :heart: I’m glad the meditation helped, sending you an extra big hug and warm thoughts :people_hugging: :two_hearts:

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Thank you, Bry! I appreciate the warm thoughts. Hope you’re gearing up to have a wonderful weekend!

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TheTravelWitch_Bry
Thank you for your lovely reply.
Garnet

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Love me some Morganite! :heartpulse: :gem: :heartpulse:

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Love Magick Weekly Witchy Challenge: the Love Magick of Strawberries

Around Valentine’s day, one thing you will see a lot of, in addition to chocolate, are strawberries. This sweet, red, heart-shaped fruit is the perfect embodiment of love. As long as you are not allergic and you like them, eating strawberries would be a healthy and magickal act of self-love.

Strawberry Magick

Health benefits for self-love

Did you know that strawberries are a member of the rose family? Strawberries are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. The nutrients in strawberries have proven beneficial against heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and in wound healing. A cup of sliced strawberries is about 50 calories and provides 170 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C as well as manganese and fiber, while being low carbohydrate and a low glycemic fruit.
Image credit: Promising health benefit of the strawberry

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Legends and culture associated with strawberries

  • Because of its heart shape and color, the strawberry was associated with Venus, the goddess of love.
  • The strawberry was also associated and was the sacred food of the Norse goddess, Freyja.
  • The June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon.
  • In medieval art, the strawberry was associated with perfection, purity and righteousness and the Virgin Mary.
  • In Bavarian region of Germany, people believed elves loved strawberries. In the spring, they tied strawberries to the horns of their pastured livestock so that the elves would help them bear more milk.
  • Strawberries and cream are a traditional treat sold at the Wimbledon tennis tournaments
  • Strawberry jam is Americans’ favorite flavor of jam.
  • Some people believe if you share a double strawberry with someone, you will fall in love.
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Oh WOW. that is…beyond romantic. I am soooo Impressed! You kept the roses? You should be teaching love classes to people like me!

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Happy Saturday to all! I created my love altar last night, all parts anointed with homemade love oil made from homegrown herbs, crystals, lace, pink tulips from my son for my birthday which is Valentine’s Day :heart:, a new incense burner with amethyst and adventurine from my other son, a petition, a photo of the one I love, and an offering and prayer to Diana, followed by a love chant. All while listening to 639hz frequencies.

I was moved to tears during this time. It was so uplifting. After about an hour of meditation I realized my phone was still on Do not disturb and when I looked at it, the person who is the object of my affection had called me, which is not unusual by any means, but I just thought it was really cool that he happened to call exactly at that moment. Also, I went out with two of my girlfriends later that evening and people just kept saying how I completely radiated differently. This is my first challenge in a very powerful one! Thank you! And I wish you all a beautiful experience like I had!

Also, not sure if this will work but here’s a short video of my altar :blush:

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Just wanted to pop in quickly and share this one that I found whle I was flipping through my spell books…

’A Spell for Moving On after Love’ from ‘The Crystal Witch’ by Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway

No matter the form of separation, it can be painful when a relationship has ended. This spell will give you a sense of calm realization that will help you to put the past behind you. Rhodochrosite is the perfect crystal to help with this, as it balances the Heart Chakra and promotes self-forgiveness. It can even bring new love into your life!

***Materials ***

  • Rhodochrosite crystal or tumbled stone
  • A votive or tealight candle, in white

Ritual

Cleanse and empower your crystal. On the first night of a new moon, go to your bedroom, place the candle on your nightstand, and light it. Turn down the lights and sit on the side of your bed. Study the flickering flame for a few minutes. Cast your mind back to a time before your relationship, a time when you were happy and content. Embrace this feeling and think about how you want to feel in the future. After about five minutes, lie on your bed and rest the crystal over your heart, placing your hand over the top to keep it from moving. Say this mantra twelve times.

“Heal my heart, heal my soul, happy forever is my goal.”

After you’ve recited the spell twelve times, close it by adding “so mote it be.” After about 30 minutes, blow out the candle. Leave the Rhodochrosite next to the bed. Repeat this spell every night until the moon begins to wax.

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Honey Jar with a wee bit of Cocoa

Just this morning I was wondering what I could do to connect with a dear friend who is going through a huge shift in her life. Lately we seemed to be on different wavelengths. I miss the playfulness and mutual support we shared. :sunglasses:

I modified the recipe a wee bit and added:

*cocoa (we both love chocolate)
*subbed honey with Golden Syrup
*two butterflies (honour our transformation)
*two heart-shaped rose quartz pieces (to symbolize us)
*a peach moonstone (emotional equilibrium & creative loving energy)
*3 pinches of gold sparkles (we both are attracted to shiny things)

I cupped both hands around the jar while looking into the candle meditating and felt a strong peaceful vibe. I’ve not made a spell jar before and was pleasantly surprised. I then placed the Honey Jar on the windowsill in the relationship corner of the helpful friends area of the house.
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This challenge was really a gift to me. :gift_heart: Suited my current need, less energy spent using a ready made spell (thanks to Francisco Huanaco) and gave me a beautiful positive personal experience.

Tarot Spread:

I pulled three cards:

  1. Page of Pentacles reversed to represent me (i’ve pulled this card upright 3 times this month!)
  2. Two of Pentacles reversed to represent my friend
  3. Two of Wands reversed to represent the quality of energy needed in moving forward

I will look further into the meaning of these cards as I didn’t want to dilute my focus from the Honey Jar Spell. :thinking:

If you are drawn to, please feel free to share your tarot knowledge and wisdom on this spread. I’m wide open to learning and received. :hugs:

Cheers,
Janis :triskele:

p.s. @TheTravelWitch_Bry, sorry to hear of your health issues and I trust you are feeling better. :tea:

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